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Eastgate Walks


Rookhope Field and Fell PDF (5.56mb)

Weardale Way 2: Westgate to Eastgate PDF (537kb)

Weardale Way 3: Eastgate to Stanhope PDF (508kb)


The County Durham Definitive Public Rights of Way

This website is not a PDF but it will provide maps of the definitive rights of way for all of County Durham's footpaths - just select Eastgate from the list of towns/villages.

The publication of the public rights or way is a guide for visitors but not a guarantee that the footpath will be open. Please report any issues. 


Cycling around Eastgate

WARNING! The A689 is a busy main road

Take a leisurely ride along the back lanes between Stanhope and Cowshill. The road from Eastgate to Rookhope is also a C road but it is the main service road for Rookhope and so beware of heavy vehicles and faster traffic.

Try your hand at some really tough climbs like Peat Hill on the road from Westgate to Rookhope.

Visit Hamsterley Forest and try their off road cycling tracks.


Click here to seek out the quieter C roads in and around Weardale.


Eastgate is a small hamlet three miles to the west of Stanhope with a population of about 100. It has a pub, The Cross Keys, which is a popular resting place for cyclists doing the C2C, and a country house hotel Horsley Hall which also does fine dining.


Eastgate replica Roman altarBeside the bus shelter is a Roman altar dedicated to the god Sylvanus - God of the woods and hunting. It was carved from millstone grit. It was erected by Aurelius Quernius , the Roman cavalry commander from Longovicium fort (Lanchester) to give thanks for the  successful hunting down of a very large wild boar. The original altar is now in a museum in Durham.  The altar shows that during Roman times Weardale must have been a favourite hunting ground for soldiers from nearby forts during their leisure time.

Hunting continued until the 16th century and the name Eastgate derives from the time when it was the eastern border of the private hunting park of the Prince Bishops of Durham. This was second in extent only to the royal hunting park of the New Forest in Hampshire.

Eastgate was the birthplace of Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge, the founder of the world's first department store, Bainbridge's Newcastle, now part of the John Lewis Partnership.

Filming has taken place in the old quarry above Eastgate for the TV series Beowulf.

Click below to enlarge images in the gallery

Places to Stay

Horsley Hall Country House


Places to Eat

Che Restaurant, Stanhope
Dales Centre Tearoom, Stanhope

Takeaway and Pubs in nearby villages

Places to Visit

The Weardale Railway

The Durham Dales Centre

Durham Dales Craft Centre, Stanhope

The Weardale Museum, Ireshopeburn

Killhope Lead Mining Museum

The Bowlees Visitor Centre

Harehope Quarry

Auckland Castle

Spanish Gallery

Mining Art Gallery

Auckland Tower


High Force in Teesdale

Low Barns Nature Reserve

Tanfield Railway


Nenthead Mine (pre-book Open Days)

Hamsterley Forest

Hall Hill Farm

The Open Air Swimming Pool, Stanhope